Twitter suspended 166,513 accounts for promoting terrorism in the July-December 2018 period, saying there’s a steady decrease in terrorist groups trying to use the platform owing to its “zero-tolerance policy enforcement”.
According to Vijaya Gadde, Legal, Policy and Trust and Safety Lead at Twitter, there is a reduction of 19 per cent terror-related tweets from the previous reporting period (January-June 2018).
“Of those suspensions, 91 per cent consisted of accounts flagged by internal, purpose-built technological tools,” she said in a blog post late Thursday.
Twitter said that in the majority of cases, it took action at the account setup stage — before the account even Tweets.
“We have received government information requests from 86 countries. The US now comprises only 30 per cent of global government information requests and 35 per cent of all global accounts specified in the same category,” informed Gadde.
The second highest volume of information requests were submitted by Japan (24 per cent of global information requests).
Requests from the UK (13 per cent), India (6 per cent), Germany (6 per cent) and France (5 per cent) together account for 30 percent of all global information requests, and 29 per cent of all global accounts specified.
However, recently BJP’s Lok Sabha candidate from Bhopal Sadhvi Pragya Thakur’s account was verified by Twitter India. Thakur is the prime accused in the Malegaon blast case in which 6 people were killed. She is out on bail facing terror charges.
PDP Chief Mehbooba Mufti in a tweet while slamming the move had said:
Sadhvi Pragya has a verified twitter account thanks to @TwitterIndia. Ridiculous that a terror accused is given a platform to sow seeds of hatred. Thank god Godse’s isn’t alive anymore. pic.twitter.com/Bqt1OpmXUb
— Mehbooba Mufti (@MehboobaMufti) May 8, 2019